Island’s recently came out with some new holiday items including spiked coffees, secret menu item beer floats and turkey burger substitutes. DH and I previously visited Island’s to try some new menu items and particularly enjoyed their cocktail offerings, so we were just as intrigued to try the new holiday menu items.
First, we had to order the spiked coffees, which are perfect for winter.
We sampled the Irish Coffee and the Cocomo Coffee.
The Irish coffee was quite strong. It pretty much tasted like a regular coffee spiked with whiskey.
I preferred the Cocomo because it was sweeter. Both drinks really hit the spot though and make nice winter beverages.
To start our meal off, we munched on some guacamole, salsa and chips. What is it about salsa and chips that is so appealing when eating it at a restaurant? I can never seem to replicate the appeal on my own at home.
Another new option at Island’s is that you can substitute a turkey patty in any of their burgers for no additional cost. I’ve had their turkey burgers before and liked the turkey patty. On this occasion though, I opted for the less healthy version and had a beef patty.
Sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, swiss & mayo
My favorite burger from Island’s when I was in college was the Hula. Sometimes the bun can get soggy, but on this occasion it stayed dry and it was served warm and toasted.
Flour tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken, cheddar, lettuce & tomatoes w/sides of salsa & ranchero beans
This was DH’s dinner choice. I only had a bite and though the chicken seemed quite moist and tender.
To end the night, we sampled a secret menu item: Porter Beer floats.
I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but of course it makes sense. This is a secret menu item so you will have to request it. I love the idea of secret menu items.
I enjoyed this dessert. The ice cream didn’t really make the beer too much sweeter though so if you don’t like the taste of beer you may not enjoy this.
We had a pleasant experience here. We particularly liked the spiked coffees, which are perfect for the chilly winter nights and the porter floats, which are great for beer lovers.
Disclosure: I was invited to sample the new holiday menu items and our meal was complimentary. However, I was not paid for this review and my opinions are my own.
3351 Nobel Drive, La Jolla Village Square
La Jolla, CA 92037